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Latz joins Ohio State as vice provost for global strategies

Gil Latz, a leading expert on curricular internationalization with extensive experience advancing international education, research and engagement at institutions of higher education, has joined Ohio State on Jan. 2 as vice provost for global strategies and international affairs and professor of geography. He serves as Ohio State’s senior international officer and his work will be dedicated to fully integrating international and cross-cultural experiences within the academic units and expanding and enhancing the university’s global reach.

“Ohio State is well known for leading national and international discussions of internationalization as central to the enterprise of higher education,” said Latz. “I very much look forward to building on the established foundation and working with the university community to identify priorities for internationalization at Ohio State. I intend to confer widely with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders on how best to affirm and expand Ohio State’s global engagement role.”

Prior to his appointment at Ohio State, Latz served as associate vice chancellor for international affairs and professor of geography at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and associate vice president for international affairs and affiliated philanthropic studies faculty member at Indiana University. He also was affiliated with Portland State University for 28 years where he held faculty positions in geography and international studies and served as vice provost for international affairs for nine years.

His Midwestern roots have served as the foundation for an academic and administrative leadership career that has taken him across the United States, Europe and East Asia. Born and raised in Indiana, he earned his PhD and master’s degrees in geography from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree in religion and English literature from Occidental College, Los Angeles.

Latz has a long-time interest in international education and has published widely on internationalization, diversity, community engagement and global learning for all – and how these areas intersect – as well as the internationalization of higher education in the United States and Asia.

“To be a global university in the 21st century is to recognize a broadened view of the meaning of international education, calling for international efforts to spread across all aspects of an institution and to be integrated with each other,” he explained. “There should be greater international content in classes, more cross-national research, and what is particularly important at land grant institutions like Ohio State – under the heading of service – more attention to the international dimensions of engagement, such as working with local businesses, immigrant groups, and government and non-government entities.”

Latz will lead an intentional dialogue of past, present and prospective internationalization efforts, which will play a significant role in determining future goals and will allow Ohio State to identify, better understand and contribute to solving the global challenges unique to the 21st century.